College statement on Ukraine crisis

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Goldsmiths has published a statement setting out the College’s position on the Ukraine crisis.

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Professor Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London said: “We join with the international community in condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine and support calls for a full withdrawal and return to diplomatic measures to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the humanitarian crisis caused by this conflict and we recognise the protests across the world against the Russian government. 

"The College is considering what support we can provide to universities and their students and employees in Ukraine and the surrounding region. We also urge the UK government to do more to help those affected.

“We have contacted our students from Ukraine and Russia directly to offer support from the College and signposted support for all students and staff who are directly or indirectly affected by these events.”

In addition to this, Goldsmiths is pausing any current or future institutional-level collaborations with organisations in Russia. 

On the question of a blanket boycott of partnerships, the College fully recognises that there are a considerable number of academics and students in Russia who stand against their government’s war in Ukraine and we offer our full solidarity to them – and understand that there may be instances when continuing collaborations will help further Ukraine’s cause.  

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Page history

11 March 2022 – added College's position on collaborations with organisations in Russia 

1 March 2022 – statement updated to reflect developing situation in Ukraine